Dear Ms. Necessary

I wrote this poem awhile ago and couldn’t get it quite right.  It’s not my favorite but I like the story so I’m sharing it anyway. It’s what I call a snapshot poem where I try to use words to capture a moment.  Here’s the moment: I accompanied my 82 year old father to the funeral of his first grade teacher.  Her name really was Ms. Necessary and I thought with a name like that I needed to write something.  Ms. Necessary ended up marrying and no longer was (I have to write it) Necessary.  But for my dad she always was Ms. Necessary.

Dear Ms. Necessary’s

Reliance first grade class

was not her first time teaching

but it was far from her last. Continue reading


General Conference thoughts: Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him

by Elder S. Mark Palmer

Another insight of the scripture that has had a profound impact on my life.  The request by the Savior to the rich young ruler helped me decide to serve a mission. What was I willing to give?  Was I willing to sacrifice anything?  So I went. Continue reading